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The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2013
John Mulvey

Moving swiftly through another craven plug for our Neil Young Ultimate Music Guide, a mostly decent list this week, with a few strong new entries from Rosanne Cash, Africa Express, Matt Baldwin, and Thee Oh Sees, plus a welcome expanded reissue from Hiss Golden Messenger.

Before I go, I should also play the marketing zealot again and flag up our end of year issue, which goes on sale November 28. Not giving the entire game away just yet, but it comes with a free supplement featuring all our charts of 2013; plus the interview with Kevin Shields, based on the questions you submitted, actually happened, and is in there, too. Be assured, we were as surprised as you are…

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1 The Necks – Open (ReR/Northern Spy)

2 Various Artists – Pop Ambient 2014 (Kompakt)

3 Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread (Decca)

4 Lou Reed – Hudson River Wind Meditations (Sounds True)

5 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags (Domino)

6 Africa Express Presents – Maison Des Jeunes (Transgressive)

7 Rag Lore – Sabah el Mitragyna Reveries (Dying For Bad Music)

8 Hiss Golden Messenger – Bad Debt (Paradise Of Bachelors)

9 Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door 1970 (Reprise)

Read my review of Live At The Cellar Door here

10 Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti-)

11 Matt Baldwin – Imaginary Psychology (Spiritual Pajamas)

12 Fuzz – Live In San Francisco (Castle Face)

13 Thee Oh Sees – Singles Volume 3 (Castle Face)

14 Pontiak – Innocence (Thrill Jockey)

15 Howard Ivans – Red Face Boy (Version: Featuring Natalie Prass) (Spacebomb)

16 James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Believe)

17 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want (Daptone)

18 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Austerity Blues (Constellation)

19 Penguin Café – The Red Book (Editions Penguin Café)

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The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


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